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Profiles of Students, Staff, Teachers

Interim principal hopes you have the time of your life

Tony Quinn is the new interim principal at West Oakview Elementary School. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Principal...

A limp can’t slow this high-achieving fighter who helps others

Lauren Hudson, the most recent student recipient of the YWCA West Central Michigan’s Tribute Award, overcame the painful effects of a rare hip disease to do great work in school and for others...

Faithful recycler, expert laminator, dedicated teacher supporter

In the long run, said Alto Elementary parent volunteer Angie Kennedy, what she and other parent volunteers contribute to is maintaining teacher enthusiasm for a career in education...

Dad mixes cooking, anti-bullying message

Parent to GRPS kindergartner has found the right recipe for giving back to school, sharing food, skills and spreading kindness...

Providing ‘safe spaces’ for students of every kind to learn

Collins Elementary Principal Mitchell Balingit has been named the district’s first director of student success and equity...

‘Nobody can take our education away’

After completing her student teaching at Thornapple Kellogg, Erin Kraker is back, bringing her own style to the classroom...

Being principal of alternative school ‘really speaks to my heart’

Danielle Hendry, the new principal at MySchool@Kent, says her school’s nontraditional setting offers nontraditional students an opportunity to live a successful life...

Ryan Colburn, MacGyver of the vet world

Ryan Colburn is the only full-time veterinarian at the John Ball Zoo, and the man behind the scenes who makes sure that some 1,500 animals are physically fit for your viewing pleasure...

‘Bring your best every day’

Katie Bredeweg, a second-grade teacher at Stoney Creek Elementary, talks about her experiences in the classroom and the lasting impact that a teacher can have...

She’s come so far

Farhiya realized her self-created predicament was sad, but she also knew she could get herself out of it...

Teacher pleaser, shoe tier, lifelong learner

Tiffany Jackson is the new Stoney Creek Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Seismic lessons from this rock star teacher

GRCC Geology Professor and volcanologist Tari Mattox brings her first-hand knowledge of eruptions, rocks and much more into class...

‘The Mary Poppins of the library’

Mom Laura Gearhart works her magic at Countryside Elementary, rapidly shelving books and completing countless tasks...

Right place, right time for new district chief

The greatest lesson that Dedrick Martin will apply to his new position as Caledonia superintendent came from students during his teaching days, he said...

‘Education is in my blood’

Besides decades of working in area public schools, David Washburn grew up in a family of educators, including his father, former Forest Hills Superintendent Michael Washburn...
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